Classics For Kids
News from Classics for Kids™ • June 2009

LEARN MORE ABOUT ONE OF THE GREAT COMPOSERS OF OPERA – PUCCINI – THIS MONTH ON CLASSICS FOR KIDS

Radio Shows
Giacomo Puccini June’s featured composer is Italy’s Giacomo Puccini. At age 6, he inherited his father’s positions of choirmaster and organist, though he wasn’t able to take them on. When he grew older, he heard a performance of Aida by Verdi and knew he wanted to compose operas. Though it took some time, he wound up composing some of the most beloved operas ever.

The shows for June are:

    1. About Giacomo Puccini
    2. A Brief History of Italian Opera
    3. Bohemian Music
    4. Classical Music That Turned Into Musical Theatre

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Next Month
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy is July’s featured composer. He was born outside Paris and showed tremendous musical talent early in life. He studied at the rigorous Paris Conservatory, but had a fondness for the new artistic style known as “impressionism.” He took that visual style and adapted it to the music he wrote.

The shows in July include:

    1. About Claude Debussy
    2. The Children’s Corner
    3. Music Composed for Children
    4. Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances

For Parents

For Parents
In honor of this month’s featured composer, Puccini, why don’t you and your children learn more about opera? Here are more Classics for Kids programs about opera.

For Teachers

For Teachers
Congratulations… it’s summer!
Classics for Kids hope you enjoy some time off, but as you prepare for the 2009-2010 school year, please keep us in mind. At classicsforkids.com, you will find lots of free resources to help you integrate classical music into your curriculum. We want to be a resource you can use, so let us know if there’s something we can add to classicsforkids.com to make it a greater resource for you.

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Quote of the Month
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Pablo Picasso

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